Dually Noted from around the web

September 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

Family Caregivers
Understanding that it’s becoming more common for families to act as caregivers for older family members, Kaiser Health News offers tips for how to make this work best for everyone involved as “caregivers are, on the one hand, heavily relied upon but on the other hand overlooked.” Tips include documenting the caregiver’s identity in the family member’s medical records, assessing your actual capacity to care for family members, obtain training for care-tasks you’re not familiar with, and include the local community in some aspects of the care process.

Parents, families and drug addiction
An article from The New York Times discusses the struggle with addiction facing our country. The article highlights that the opioid epidemic in New England (and elsewhere) has reached such proportions that it is no longer a shock to see drug users collapse in public. It cites that in Massachusetts alone, more than four people a day die from drug overdoses. The article points out that what is new, is that addicts are increasingly buying drugs, getting high and passing out with their children in tow. “Children are as much the victims of what we’re seeing in this epidemic,” said Marylou Sudders, the secretary of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts. “It’s a poignant reminder that our interventions have to be broader than just treatment for the individual but have to include loved ones, especially children.”

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